You might be unfamiliar with rope access. It is a technique often used instead of scaffolding, where a series of ropes and specialised equipment is used to aid workers. It supports workers undertaking jobs at a height or working with hard to reach places. Here’s how rope access can benefit the architecture of your building.
Better for your bank account
Overall there is no doubt that rope access is more cost effective than traditional scaffolding. Rope access can be used instead of scaffolding and cranes, saving money on this expensive equipment. Scaffolding has a minimum 28-day rental charge, whereas rope access can be used for shorter periods. This leaves the owner with more money to spend on other areas.
Rope access causes less disruption to your building and is subtler than unsightly scaffolding. The outward appearance of your building is not obstructed, meaning there is less disruption to the building itself, to the occupants and to passing people. Rope access doesn’t require lots of space as scaffolding does, because the ropes are set up from above. This means there is minimal disruption to clients and the surrounding area.
The build will be complete in no time
Setting up the ropes is far quicker than the construction of scaffolding, meaning less time is wasted. This means you don’t have to spend as much money on the construction period as the rigging for the ropes can be set up in a few hours, whereas setting up scaffolding can take days. Therefore, the build will be completed faster and workers can come back easily in the future and not waste time setting up.
Workers can reach those tricky spots
Often rope access is the only option for certain areas of a building. Domed roofs for example are nearly impossible to work on using scaffolding, but are easily accessed using ropes. Choosing a company who specialises in rope access, such as SAS Rope & Rail, will ensure your build is completed safely and efficiently. They can also offer their services for smaller projects such as painting, to get rid of pests and for general building maintenance.
Safer for everyone
Rope access is undoubtable safer than the use of scaffolding for a number of reasons. An extensive training programme must be completed by all workers, who have to pass a number of evaluations. The ropes are far safer in bad weather, while scaffolding can be hazardous, swaying in high winds and becoming slippery when wet. There is a smaller risk of accidents as all tools must be tethered to workers so if they fall they are caught by the rope and do not harm anyone below.